LOW RELIEF BACKDROP
Before starting this, I had better come clean and admit, that this wasnt in the original scheme, but as time has gone on, for the sake of the demonstration, it has become more attractive
. I can always go back to the original concept at a later time.
With that in mind, this is now going to be very similar to my original Vanguard Works, but hopefully with improvements, based on my previous experiences. This building, though still just a printed backdrop, is more solid and I hope less prone to warping. The materials here are a thin card shell, with a laminated corrugated card centre, which should in theory, be very solid and stable. The reason for the card shell, rather than sticking the print directly to the corrugated is based on previous experiments. The glue applied to corrugated card, shrinks as it dries and causes an undulating surface, fine if the corrugations line up with the brick courses, but not much chance of that happening
EDIT : Since writing this, a better method of constructing the card/ corrugated shell for the building has been found, this is covered later in the thread ( http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?p=57126#57126
So here are the first pieces, three layers of corrugated card cut from a cardboard box have been laminated together and just in front, not yet attached, is the piece of card for the front face of the structure.
At this stage, I then attached the front facing card, then added the edges, in a similar way to constructing the layout base.
It was only after, that a slightly better way occurred to me. One of the problems with corrugated card, is that it is rarely a uniform thickness, plus when you cut it, no matter how careful, the pressure of cutting will narrow the thickness. Next time I use this method, I will make up the front face and the sides first, like a tray, then put the corrugated core in after. You live and learn
The next step was to prepare the prints to cover it. Here you see the first piece ready to apply. Note that I have already scored and bent the end to go around the side, this will aid location for glueing.
You may already have a favourite way of attaching paper to card, Something like photomount spray will do the job equally as well, but I'm sticking (
Oh dear) with the same PVA that I use for the rest of the construction. These pics are almost the same as from cionstructing the base, it is the same method almost. First apply the glue to the card.
Then spread it out evenly,thinly and right to the edges of the card. You should just about see a light pencil line on the right. This is where the first printed sheet will come to and you want to carry the glue over the line to ensure the edges of the paper are stuck.
Next apply a thin layer of glue in the same way to the printed paper, you ideally want a very thin layer on this and need to work fairly fast to avoid the paper getting too wet from the glue and deforming. Dont apply any glue to the folded end which will form the sidewall at this stage. Now line the paper up using the folded end and the bottom edge of the card, like so.
Then using a paper towel or tissue, work your way up, smoothing the paper onto the card as you go. Using two hands, rather than holding a camera helps here
smooth it down with one hand while holding the paper up, letting it drop as you smooth it on. Hopefully it will go on looking something like this.
Note the foldover a the left, this we will come back to.
Now to get the second print on. Prepare in the same way, applying the glue to both card, then paper. As we have a reference from the first piece, butt the second up against it first, lining up the brick courses, then smooth it down as before, but work from the join on the left and work toward the right.
Before fixing the end walls, take a sharp knife and trim along the top edge of the wall. I did forget to mention, the print was approximately one brickcourse higher than needed, to allow a nice clean edge, once trimmed off.
Finally, the sidewalls are now glued down.
Once the glue has set, the excess will be trimmed in the same way as the top of the wall, but for now, it helps to stand it up for a photo to be taken
Well that is this part done for now, next are a couple of end walls using the same or very similar methods. Off to work I go